November 17, 2012
For this assignment I choose to research Cynthia Rowley yet again. Rowley was born on July 29, 1965 in Barrington, Illinois. Cynthia Rowley was one of three children born to Ed Rowley, a former science teacher, and his wife, Clementine. When she was only seven Cynthia Rowley designed her very first dress! She graduated from Barrington High School in 1976. Soon after graduation she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated in 1981. Creativity ran and still runs deep in Rowley’s family. She gives credit to her mother and grandmother for allowing her to express herself and for their support. She sold her senior project which was an 8-piece collection to the up-market stores while she was still in college. Rowley made a big enough profit that allowed her to get on her feet.” After graduating from AI-Chicago in 1981, Cynthia Rowley moved to the Big Apple, New York City. A buyer from Marshall Field saw her on the train, and asked her who made the outfit she was wearing. When she said she had made it herself, Marshall Fields ordered from her, and she was able to meet their requirements.” “Cynthia’s creative endeavors have proven to be award winning. The council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA honored her with the prestigious New Fashion Talent Award. The CFDA recognized Cynthia again three seasons after introducing a complete menswear line with a nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Design Talent.” Cynthia has many hidden talents, including television commercials. “In 1999, Cynthia and her best friend, Ilene Rosenzweig, the former deputy style editor for The New York Times, co-authored the best-selling book, Swell: A Girl’s guide to the Good Life started working together. Together the created the highly anticipated sequel, Home Swell Home. It was released in 2002 and was followed by Swell Holiday in 2003. The next book in the series, an entertaining guide,...